This week we explored the theme of Radical Acceptance in our daily sessions. Bloom Pause is a community offering that meets remotely using Zoom. Each week we explore a new theme through discussion, sharing, meditation, and practices to improve daily life. If you'd like to join Bloom Pause, please email [email protected].
For exploring the theme of Radical Acceptance, we highly recommend Tara Brach's book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. In it, she writes, "Much of our driven pace and habitual controlling in daily life does not serve to survive, and certainly not thriving. It arises from a free-floating anxiety about something being wrong or not enough... Through the sacred art of pausing, we develop the capacity to stop hiding, to stop running away from our experience. We begin to trust in our natural intelligence, in our naturally wise heart, in our capacity to be open to whatever arises. Like awakening from a dream, in the moment of pausing our trance recedes and Radical Acceptance becomes possible."
"...by embracing whatever we see with an open heart. This cultivation of mindfulness and compassion is what I call Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance reverses our habit of living at war with experiences that are unfamiliar, frightening, or intense. It is the necessary antidote to years of neglecting ourselves, years of judging and treating ourselves harshly, years of rejecting this moment's experience. Radical Acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our life as it is. A moment of Radical Acceptance is a moment of genuine freedom."
Group perspectives on Radical Acceptance:
As you go through your day, occasionally pause to ask yourself:
"In this moment, am I accepting of myself as I am?"
Try these words:
In spite of my (...)
It is the will of my heart to be open.
I notice my breath ...
I notice my body ...
I offer the Light of my Awareness to that which is challenging my
acceptance for whatever is needed for transformation.
And, so it is.
In bloom we grow,